Five of my favourite protein powders

protein powder shaker with weight

Protein powders have evolved so much in terms of flavour, texture and taste. A few years ago it was hard to find more than 3 flavours, but now companies have produced an array of protein products that cater to veggies, vegans and people with a real sweet tooth (aka me).

The flavours have been developed to offer a large range of tastes, so you aren’t just stuck with vanilla or chocolate, plus the marketing has evolved to be more inclusive of everyone – although let’s not mention Protein World’s Beach Body fuck up.

In general, more ‘normal’ people are using protein powders to boost their health and wellbeing whether they attend the gym or not, for example some people use it to supplement their diet if they don’t eat a lot of meat, while others will use it to increase muscle.

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Les Mills Live Manchester


A couple of weekends ago I got the chance to attend Les Mills Live, which is a ‘global fitness festival’ that took over Manchester central for one day only.

Just to give you some background, Les Mills are a fitness company that are responsible for favourite workout classes like Body Pump, Body Attack, RPM spinning, and many more. Les Mills Live is a day featuring a variety of their classes performed by top instructors from around the world.

I’m really familiar with BodyPump and RPM because I do them at my gym (Bannatynes) but I haven’t heard of the others, so I was really looking forward to trying out classes Body Balance, GRIT strength and CXWORKX.

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Self-care and taking a moment to think

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My great uncle’s farm in Northern Ireland

Hello lovely people, apologies for the lack of recent posts (again) blogging always seems to take a back-seat when other areas of my life get stressful.  Which leads me nicely onto this post…

When you’re going through a rough time in your life, it’s common to be told to ‘keep busy’ but that isn’t always the best way to deal with your feelings.

I get it, if you fill up your diary with activities you’ll have less time to dwell on your thoughts right? Now I think about it, this sentiment is very British, ‘keep calm and carry on’ and all that. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that people were urged to keep things bottled up, suppress their feelings and NEVER talk about their problems, god forbid they opened up about mental health.

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Book review: I am Malala

cartoon image of Malala with quote about education

I’ve always loved reading and I really enjoy hearing other people’s reviews of books and their recommendation so I’ve decided to start writing a few book blogs. I’m not sure how often I’ll do this, because I’m quite a slow reader anyway, but we’ll see how it goes.

Just to clarify, this is nothing to do with health or fitness. Although, technically I’m exercising my brain power!

The last book I read was the biography of Malala Yousafzai titled I am Malala.

In case you haven’t heard of her; she is a young woman (born 1997) who was awarded the 2014 Noble Peace Prize for her campaigning for education and women’s rights to go to school. She was also targeted and shot by the Taliban on her way home from school when she was 15.

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Guest Post: Body Positivity

Body positiivty Hannah gets hench

I’m really excited to share my first ever guest post with you guys! I don’t normally like to hand over the reigns to anyone else on my blog, my content is always written by me, but I literally couldn’t wait for this lovely lady to write me a post about body positivity! My contribution are these terrible amazing canva designs…. 

Today’s guest post is written by Vicky, she is an intersectional feminist, body positive activist and one of the funniest and loveliest people I know. We made friends through Twitter, and are yet to meet IRL, but hopefully we will later on this year.

I’ve been wanting to write a post about body positivity for ages, but had loads of trouble putting my thoughts down when it came to it. In the last year I have dramatically changed my attitude towards my body, including the reasons why I exercise and the way that I approach nutrition. I still really struggle with self-acceptance and I find it hard to love my flaws, but I find the body positive movement really inspiring and I hope that I can be fully confident in my own skin in the future. 

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Running with purpose: Salford 10k 2016

Two girls running salford 10k and medals

After a few months off running, my legs were pounding the pavements once again and on Sunday the 4th September I completed the Salford 10k in 1:00:15!! That’s 3 minutes off my last 10k in February and my new personal best.

This wasn’t just any old 10k race, myself and some friends (including the lovely Ellie who has a blog too) decided to complete it in honour of our beautiful best friend who tragically passed away in June. We raised money for the charities that meant the most to her, which were Dogs Trust and Mind, and together we managed to raise over £1000. Read more

Sources of inspiration when you feel like sh*t

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Photo source: Daniel Watson via Unsplash

Sometimes it can be really difficult to generate a drop of positivity, let alone a glass half full. There are times when all those cute memes telling you to sparkle, be a unicorn, and have a cup of positivi-tea, will make you feel even worse than you already do.

It may also make you throw your phone across the room in rage, there’s nothing worse than people who don’t understand what you’re going through telling you to ‘keep your chin up’.

I’m sure they mean well, but it’s still annoying isn’t it?

I’m not here to tell you to ignore your feelings, in fact I say embrace them. Sometimes one of the best things you can do is listen to your emotions. Get angry, scream, cry, throw things around the room if it gives you a release.

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Using exercise to heal

person standing infront of waterfall with rainbow

Apologies for my lack of recent blog posts.

The last month of my life has been heartbreaking to say the least and I would have felt inappropriate writing about something trivial during this tragic time. I’ve been debating channeling all of my feelings into a blog post, but honestly I will never find the right words to express what has happened, nor would I be happy about sharing it with the world. Maybe I will feel differently in a few months, but right now I choose to keep it private.

However, this blog has always served as an outlet for my emotions. Although I have never used it to delve into a darker side of my life, I have always found writing cathartic, even if it’s just by making sense of words written down on a page. Writing helps me to become present in the moment and puts the brakes on my troubles for the time being.

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The perfect gym bag? Jim Bag review

Jim Bag review

I’m going to make a bold statement: it’s hard being an active woman*.

Working full time usually means you choose between a social life, working out, or sleep. In order to nail the first two, I often have to resurrect myself out of my warm bed at 5.45 to fit in a gym session before work at 9am.

But getting up early is only half of the battle.

Can we just talk about how much stuff I have to carry to the gym to make sure I look half normal for work? Read more